What it is: Axon (formerly called Taser International) is using artificial intelligence to help police video recordings.
In the old days, people had jobs because jobs required manual workers. Look at an old assembly line of cars back in 1930s and then look at a similar assembly line today. The huge difference is that today’s assembly lines require fewer workers because machines have replaced many manual labor intensive tasks. Does anyone want to return back to the days when human labor was required to do everything? Probably not.
While machines have automated and reduced the need for manual labor, the next big evolutionary step will be artificial intelligence to automate and reduce the need for intellectual labor that’s repetitive and tedious. One huge example is the use of police video recordings. To be effective, police body cams need to be recording all the time lest they miss something. That means hours f recordings that must be reviewed later if something happens during that recording such as a suspect pulling out a gun or trying to escape.
With hours of video recordings, it’s not practical for someone to watch the video and flag possible clips that could be relevant to a particular case. That’s why artificial intelligence could scan through hours of video and then flag the most important scenes for a human to interpret.
Another use for artificial intelligence involves facial recognition. A police camera could identify a suspect and alert the police officer ahead of time so he or she can take appropriate action. Without facial recognition, officers risk wandering up to a dangerous suspect only to discover too late the risks.
Robots have reduced the need for physical labor and artificial intelligence will reduce the need for mental labor. In the world of computers, artificial intelligence is already infiltrating the world as virtual assistants where you can give voice commands to set appointments and be reminded of upcoming meetings. Soon artificial intelligence will be able to do research on the Internet and filter through the mass of information to provide only the most relevant information.
Think of anything dull, repetitive, and tedious and chances are good a machine could do it faster, more accurately, and consistently. Machines can replace some humans but the best use will be when machines can enhance the capabilities of humans. If your job involves tedious, repetitive work, don’t be surprised when a machine can completely replace you and eliminate your job. If your job involves some tedious, mental work, then a machine could help you.
It’s no secret that companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple are pursuing artificial intelligence for everything from self-driving cars to voice recognition systems. Artificial intelligence is the “secret sauce” of future computers.
Strip away artificial intelligence from most devices and you just have a dumb terminal. Add in artificial intelligence and suddenly you have common tasks that many people now take for granted, such as the ability to ask your smartphone for driving directions without once touching a button on the smartphone.
What this means in the future is that artificial intelligence will be proprietary among each company, but their capabilities will largely be the same. Just look at how similar Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are despite each one having unique features that the others lack. Each type of artificial intelligence will likely specialize in performing some tasks better than others. Right now, Alexa and Cortana may respond with more relevant information than Siri, but Siri excels in recognizing far more languages than Alexa and Cortana.
Taser International, now Axon, used to sell tasers. Now they’re branching out into artificial intelligence for police work. If a company known for police equipment can branch out into artificial intelligence, that shows you how important artificial intelligence will be for any industry outside the traditional computer industries.
Artificial intelligence is going to become commonplace just like robots are today. Visit a Third World country and notice how you have to open grocery store doors yourself. Then visit a supermarket in America and notice how a simple robot can open the door for you. Robots have taken over daily life without us knowing it and artificial intelligence will do that as well.
Now the big problem is when people abuse artificial intelligence for their own malicious purposes, but that’s simply a problem with human nature and not technology. Artificial intelligence isn’t just for computers any more. It’s for every industry that needs to be more efficient.